This president will give him 3 hots and a cot.
And he'd be right to do so. Here's the thing people don't get about Snowden: He's not a revolutionary, or a hero. He's a coward. Rosa Parks didn't flee from the bus when the police came for her; She sat right there and waited. When Alabama told Martin Luther King they would arrest him if he marched, he marched anyway, and then got arrested. In fact, if you look at the history of civil rights leaders -- they all went to jail for what they believed in. They did it willingly -- they didn't run from the authorities, they stood right out in the open and said: Come and take me, but your laws are wrong, and you are wrong if you do.
Snowden stole a lot of classified materials from his employer, and then fled the country. And then he released all of it. This wasn't about "exposing" the NSA -- anyone with half a brain realizes that the very definition of a spy agency is that it spies on people. "They were spying on americans!" Yeah, ok, and? "They were spying on the germans!" Yeah, ok, and? It's their job to watch for threats both foreign and domestic. It's right there in their mission statement. Public record.
They are a spy agency who's charter is to spy on foreign signals. Foreign, not domestic. Spying on Americans is not "Yeah, ok, and?". It is illegal and unconstitutional unless they have a warrant. This isn't about them reading your book club emails. It's about stifling dissent and association.
Snowden's justification for his actions fall short of what a person truly concerned about civil liberties would have done. If I'm going to denounce my government's actions, I want the police to come. I want to be arrested, charged, and put on trial. And then I want a jury of twelve Americans to look me in the eye and say "You did wrong by us." And if I'm really sure this is a matter of human rights... I'm also really sure at least one of those twelve people is going to say: "You're right. The government was wrong."
Snowden is a coward, and 3 hot meals and a cot in a concrete cell is exactly where he needs to be if he really believes what he's shovelling.
But would that have happened? Would he have had his day in court with 12 of his peers? Or would he have been declared an enemy combatant and subjected to a military tribunal? Or would he have been arrested under the PATRIOT Act and imprisoned without trial? Snowden had every reason to think he would have been swallowed up by the military/intelligence apparatus. Look what happened to Bradley Manning, or Susan Lindauer.
I personally no longer trust the State to treat me fairly and within the law, especially in a matter like this one. There are secret laws and secret interpretations of public laws. The US had to promise not to torture Edward Snowden! That's what people think of the US these days. The gloves are off and we're working the dark side now. I don't blame Snowden for running. I would have too. If he were caught they would have thrown him in a hole for the rest of his life.